Author Archives: Wilbur's Travels

Wordless Wednesday – Qal’at Ja’bar, Syria

Balkans Tour 2017 – Timisoara, The Final Act

After eight late September days away from the UK we had arrived in the sixth and final country of our mini-tour of the region. Had we left the best to last? On balance, we probably had. First up our accommodation. I promised the lovely hostess Miriana that I would write about her on my blog […]

Statues of Timisoara

I was struck by some of the statues on my recent visit to Timisoara, Romania…..

Balkans Tour 2017 – Night Train

Originally posted on On Track:
No trip around Eastern Europe would be complete without an overnight train journey. One day there will probably be high speed routes and super modern trains in the region, making slow progress through the night a rarer experience – a huge loss in my opinion. For now there are still…

Wordless Wednesday – Prizren, Kosovo

Balkans Tour 2017 – Statues of Skopje

Like that well known sticky brown yeast spread, you will either love or hate Skopje. There is no denying that a visit is a memorable experience. There are more statues there than the Louvre, British Museum & Uffizi put together! Here are a few examples.

Balkans Tour 2017 – The Environs of Skopje

You may have gathered that I do not like the ‘new’ Skopje, the €500million vanity project that looks like it was dreamt up by Liberace on acid. Thankfully we arrived armed with a couple of decent things to take in if, as was indeed the case, we wanted to escape the tackiness for a while. […]

Poppies

As we fondly remember this and other nation’s fallen heroes today, I am reminded of the amazing display of poppies at the Tower of London in late 2014. The artist Paul Cummins & designer Tom Piper filled the fortress’s ancient moat with 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies (one to represent every British fatality during WWI) to commemorate […]

The Pristina Express

Originally posted on On Track:
When Pristina was just a moderate city in Yugoslavia it was an outpost on a vast rail network with Belgrade at its hub and major transit points in Zagreb, Skopje, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Nis & Ploce. Pristina itself saw trains running to Skopje, Belgrade (via Mitrovica) and throughout Kosovo. Following…

Balkan Tour 2017 – Proud Pristina

We had purposely booked a hotel close to the train station as we would be departing on the 07.10 next day. It had claimed to be just 200 metres from our departure point, but what it failed to mention was that this was though a trading estate, across a wasteland, down a muddy bank and […]